A 2017 study shows that many narcissists are MORE forgiving and merciful that healthier folk. This debunks one of the many nonsensical myths propagated online by hacks with academic degrees who proclaim themselves as "experts" on narcissism with zero relevant credentials.
Here is another piece de resistance of profound ignorance:
Many self-styled narcissism “experts” would tell you with the faux authoritativeness of the hack that all psychopaths are narcissists. It is rank nonsense, of course.
The comorbidity of Narcissistic Personality Disorder and Antisocial Personality Disorder is high - but it still constitutes a small minority of the cases.
Most psychopaths are GRANDIOSE. But anyone who confuses grandiosity with narcissism has no business deceiving the gullible into believing that he or she is an expert on narcissism.
Grandiosity is a fantasy defense founded on a cognitive distortion. It makes an appearance in many mental health disorders: personality disorders (including Borderline, Paranoid, and Schizoid), mood disorders (Bipolar), and psychotic disorders, to mention but a few.
Grandiosity is common to both narcissists and psychopaths. But it does not make them one and the same. And this, dear self-proclaimed “experts”, is narcissism 101. A class which you had just failed spectacularly.
Twenty years ago, I coined the phrase “communal prosocial narcissist” to refer to a narcissist whose grandiosity is invested in being moral, charitable, and altruistic.
Similarly, there is a communal prosocial psychopath who leverages his psychopathy to find love, acceptance, and social legitimacy (sublimates his antisocial tendencies). The Covert Borderline - a new diagnosis I am proposing - is a communal variant of psychopath.
He seeks love the way a psychopath would (become sexually dysregulated, unboundaried, self-trashing, and promiscuous for example).
This subtype of psychopath craves to belong and to be loved, liked, admired, and desired and so would do anything - including antisocial acts - to feel that way.
Both primary and secondary psychopaths can be communal, but their personality disorder is likely to be comorbid with other mental health issues.
This comorbidity causes them to behave in ways which are reminiscent of borderlines and narcissists.
“I’m merciful, am I not? Facets of narcissism and forgiveness revisited“, by Ramzi Fatfouta, Virgil Zeigler-Hill and Michela Schröder-Abé, Journal of Research in Personality, Volume 70, October 2017, Pages 166-173.
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